Madison County man accused of welfare fraud

Published Oct 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF LENOX — A Madison County man is accused of unlawfully receiving more than $2,000 in public assistance.

Sheriff’s deputies said Justin T. Marris, 26, of 5693 Lebanon Road, Earlville, forged another person’s signature on his public assistance paperwork to claim he was working for that person, and that was a lie Deputies said Marris’ claim that he was working meant he was not required to complete work activities with the county Department of Social Services, and he unlawfully received $2,112 in public assistance to which he was not entitled between April and September.

Marris is charged with one count each of fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, fourth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, all felonies, deputies stated. He was arraigned in court and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23.